Union Protest Planned for Bell Canada Shareholders

The following press release was issued by the Canadian Telecommunications Employees' Association, the union which represents clerical staff (but not technicians or operators) at Bell Canada. I do not work for or belong to the CTEA, but I thought that the press release might be of interest.

Text of the press release can be found at

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Protest at Bell Canada Shareholders' meeting

MONTREAL, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Telecommunications Employees' Association (CTEA) will attend BCE Annual Meeting of Shareholders to protest against the slashing of benefits for future pensioners and the outsourcing of jobs.

"Bell's strategy is clear: cutting costs at the expense of its employees, protested Line Brisson, Chairman of the CTEA Bargaining Committee. But the Company won't get back on track by slashing the working conditions of employees."

In 2005, clerical employees accepted wage freezes to help the Company face the competition. In exchange, Bell had signed a memorandum of agreement on job security.

"Bell Canada is taking all possible means to bypass the memorandum of agreement and increase outsourcing: reduced work hours, cutting temporary jobs, closing sites... Our members feel they have been cheated", added Mrs. Brisson.

In 2006, the speech on the abusive use of outsourcing delivered by Danny Taurozzi, CTEA Vice-President, before Michael Sabia, President of BCE, had been applauded by several shareholders.

The BCE Annual Meeting will be held on June 6, 2007 in Montreal. "Once again, we will be there to speak on behalf of our members and denounce the unfair decisions of senior management. The shareholders must be told what's going on", concluded Mrs. Brisson.

About the CTEA:

The CTEA is an independent union certified in the 1940s by the Canadian Labour Relations Board to represent employees of Bell Canada. Over the years, the CTEA has been certified as the bargaining representative for several groups of employees working for employers such as Comtech, Bell Aliant, ACMS (Amdocs), Télébec S.E.C., Yellow Pages Group, and Bell ICT Outsourcing Solutions inc.

For further information: In Quebec: Line Brisson, CTEA Vice-President, (514) 861-9963 ext. 233, Fax: (514) 861-5985, snipped-for-privacy@acet-ctea.com; In Ontario: Brenda Knight, CTEA President, (613) 521-3289, Fax: (613)

521-3267, snipped-for-privacy@acet-ctea.com;
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